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Are elected members equipped to solve Kashmir problem?

Have J&K people voted in favour of India?: The people of Jammu and Kashmir have been able to get what they have long wanted - an end to the Abdullah fiefdom. They have most definitely sent out a message embracing the democratic norms of this country in unambiguous terms and also have defied the terror unleashed by the gun, though it would be naive to expect an end to the imbroglio right away, says Rajiv, Chennai.

india Updated: Oct 15, 2002 19:55 IST

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 LK Advani, Deputy Prime Minister, India: The country is prepared to talk to the newly elected representatives of J&K and discuss greater devolution of powers. The latest Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir will "prove" a turning point in India's efforts to find a lasting solution to the Kashmir issue. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan President: Nearly a dozen militant groups are fighting New Delhi's rule in J&K, the only Muslim-majority state of predominantly Hindu but secular India. The revolt has left more than 35,000 dead. Pakistan wants Kashmiris to decide their future, with or without India, in a referendum. 

First Published: Oct 15, 2002 19:49 IST